Conflicting Emotions – Abortion in America

Posted: May 31st, 2005 by Militant Libertarian

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Polling on abortion reveals the complexities of the American psyche. On the one hand, the majority of Americans feel that abortion is morally wrong. Yet, at the same time, the majority of Americans poll in support of Roe v. Wade, which made abortion a legal procedure nationwide.

According to polling done over the past month by Gallup, 51 percent of Americans say that abortion is “morally wrong.” Yet, according to a current poll done by Quinnipiac University, 63 percent of Americans support Roe v. Wade.

Support of Roe v. Wade, however, is by no means unequivocal. Further polling by Gallup shows support for legal abortion “under any circumstances” at only 23 percent. The majority of those who support abortion feel it should be legal “only in a few circumstances.”

What this polling data tells me is that most Americans are not supportive of the spirit of Roe v. Wade. The legalization of abortion under this decision was under the rationale of a principle _ a so-called “right to privacy.” However, if most Americans agreed that legal abortion emerges as result of a fundamental right to do it, they would not respond in polls saying that it is immoral and should be legal “only in a few circumstances.”

It’s also sharp and clear from the Gallup poll that Americans are not happy about the moral state of our country. Only 19 percent feel that the current state of moral values in the country is “excellent/good”, and 39 percent see it as “poor.” With regard to the direction of our state of morals, 16 percent responded that things are “getting better” and 77 percent responded that things are getting worse.

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